Magnificent seven parks

Roundhay Park's gardens impressed the Green Flag judges
Roundhay Park's gardens impressed the Green Flag judges
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The nationally-recognised ‘quality mark’ for public green spaces has been handed to Middleton Park for the first time and re-awarded to six others.

Green Flag parks are given the accreditation for being safe, well-maintained and welcoming focal points for the community. Otley Chevin, Pudsey Park, Golden Acre Park, Kirkstall Abbey, Roundhay Park and Temple Newsam estate grounds will now all fly the coveted flag for another year.

Allerton Grange Fields was also recognised with a Community Green Flag to celebrate the role the volunteers from the Friends of Allerton Grange Fields play in its upkeep and development.

Sites nominated for a Green Flag are visited by a judging panel who base their decision on the park’s management, community involvement, sustainability, conservation, heritage, security and facilities for public health and well-being.

The success has delighted Leeds City Council’s parks and countryside team, who look after the green spaces.

“We are extremely fortunate to have some outstanding parks and green spaces in Leeds and it is fantastic news that along with six of our parks retaining Green Flag status, Middleton Park has also made the national list of quality this year which is a truly superb achievement,” said Coun Debra Coupar, executive board member for communities.

Joining Coun Coupar at the official presentation was one of the team’s gardeners, Alistair Muir, who collected the awards on the council’s behalf.